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$100,000 Gift Kicks Off Drive to Endow Scripps Florida Graduate School

The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation has donated $100,000 to The Scripps Research Institute that will be used to jump start a new philanthropic drive to expand the graduate school program at Scripps Florida.

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The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation has donated $100,000 to The Scripps Research Institute that will be used to jump start a new philanthropic drive to expand the graduate school program at Scripps Florida. The program, part of Scripps Research's Kellogg School of Science and Technology, offers a doctoral degree with an emphasis on chemistry, chemical biology, biophysics, or the biological sciences.

The new funding initiative offers donors the chance to name a seat in the Rodney B. Fink Education Pavilion on the Jupiter campus.
 
“We have watched Scripps Florida grow from a single idea to a high-tech center for world-class biomedical research right here in Jupiter,” said entrepreneur and philanthropist Rich DeVos.
 
“However, to maintain that position and to expand its research, Scripps Florida needs to keep attracting the best young scholars to its graduate school program. We hope that our gift will encourage and inspire others to contribute to what is one of the best graduate programs in the sciences in the world.”
 
Scripps Research’s commitment to improving human health through advanced biomedical research, its entrepreneurial approach to research, and its culture of innovation made it a natural partner for the DeVos family’s charitable giving and their philosophy of helping individuals fulfill their potential so they can contribute to society.
 
“We hope that others will respond to Rich and Helen DeVos’ generosity and become partners in the innovative work of preparing scientists who have dedicated themselves to advancing the field of medicine and saving lives,” said Will Melton, vice president for philanthropy for Scripps Florida. “We need help to keep our unique approach to research science and graduate education moving ahead and this is the perfect opportunity.”
 
Source: Scripps Research Institute